US State of Florida Reports First Sexually Transmitted Zika Case

Posted August 03, 2017

Yesterday, Florida Department of Health reported the first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus this year.

A resident's partner showed symptoms of the mosquito-borne virus following a recent trip to Cuba. Both tested positive for Zika.

"It is important to remember Zika can also be transmitted sexually and to take precautions if you or your partner travelled to an area where Zika is active".

Mosquito control is responding to the neighborhood.

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So far most of Florida's 118 Zika cases have been linked to people traveling outside of the U.S.

"If passing the virus by casual contact were easy, I think we would see a lot more of what we would call secondary transmission in a place like the United States", said lead researcher Tom Friedrich, from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Zika virus is among the viruses spead by the species.

The name and sex of the person infected were not disclosed.

"For other states, particularly here in the south where we have mosquito populations where this is some risk of local transmission".

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Zika can persist in semen over extended periods of time.

The Department of Health confirmed a case in Pinellas County.

The top two countries of Zika virus exposure reported by the Department of Health for Zika travel-associated Zika are the Dominican Republic (39% of cases January-July 21, 2017 and 43% of cases in 2016) and Jamaica (8% and 11%).

The mosquito-borne illness is especially unsafe for pregnant women and has been linked to serious birth defects.

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In addition to trapping the mosquitoes, Kalamazoo County is identifying what type of insects it is capturing to the Centers for Disease Control and giving citizens information on preventing mosquito bites, diseases and habitat control. The case is classified as travel related.